Only a few weeks ago I wrote here about how I thought the Z1 Compact may not be the device for me, despite my desire for it to be.
At the time of writing, I was going off of the spec sheet and the overriding area of concern was the physical size of the phone in comparison to what was then my primary device, the Samsung Galaxy S4.
The Z1 Compact was only factionally smaller, despite having a 0.7” smaller screen, so you may see my reasoning for thinking there would be little point in changing.
Well a few weeks on I can say I must take back what I said. The Z1 Compact is the device for me. I have switched to this as my daily phone.
Am I settled with it completely yet? Honestly speaking, no; but I am close to being.
It is taking a bit of time to adjust from the Samsung UI to the Sony one, but with the help of time and a few apps I am very close.
When the device actually made it to the palm of my hand and I compared it to the S4 the difference was certainly noticeable.
One handed use is now possible. It was on the S4, but it was not easy or comfortable.
It is easy for me to say this, but there is a bit of excess bezel around the device which would be nice to see gone, but no doubt if a Sony engineer read this they would be screaming at me, telling me it is not possible in such a small phone!
Some may argue it is a step back or wonder why, but it is always a personal decision and I am pleased to say my initial hopes and desires have been proven with the Z1 Compact.
The IP rating is of benefit and the phone feels more premium thanks to the aluminium frame.
The battery life is considerably better than that of the S4. This may have something to do with the lower resolution display but I can live with this for the majority of what I do. I won’t lie and say full 1080p would be nice, as the difference is noticeable, but on a scale of things I am willing to give up, the screen sits towards the top of the list.
The covers on the ports can be a fiddle as I have yet to invest in the DK32 charging dock, but when the battery can last a couple of days its a much smaller issue.
So to conclude, I am very happy with the Z1 Compact. It is not often until you get the device and use it do you really appreciate what it has to offer and should often not discount something just because of its specs or physical dimensions.
If you are interested to hear more detailed feedback on the device, then read or watch my full review here. I will too provide more thought and opinion on the device in a few months time, here on the Clove Blog.